David was born in Oxford, England, in 1959. He graduated from London’s City University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Journalism. In addition to this he has a Teaching Degree from Lancaster University and a Masters Degree in the Arts from the University of Central Lancashire. His latest study is as part of his continued professional development, and research, through the University of Oxford.
David also attended London Theatre Arts to study drama, and then worked extensively in the performing arts industry as a playwright, producer and director. His stage plays include the award winning Forever Nineteen, After The Tone and The Post Card - which enjoyed London and New York productions, as well as touring nationally in the United Kingdom.
His involvement in adapting the libretto for Ivor Novello’s 1935 musical Glamorous Night resulted in him directing the 50th Anniversary Concert to celebrate the life and work of Novello at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London’s West End. Subsequently he has worked as the Ivor Novello Consultant on Julian Fellowes and Robert Altman’s Oscar and BAFTA winning film Gosford Park, and contributed to the BBC Documentary on the life of Novello The Handsomest Man in Britain.
He is the author of In Search of Ruritania, a biography on Ivor Novello - Anything But Merry! The Life and Times of Lily Elsie the Edwardian actress and singer who found fame in Lehar’s The Merry Widow; the novel based on the legend of The Mistletoe Bride (unpublished) and Mildred on the Marne: Mildred Aldrich, Front-line Witness 1914-1918.
Currently he is developing a play based on the relationship between opera composer Puccini and his wife titled Elvira & I - Puccini's Scandalous Passions and a new biography based on the life of Martita Hunt (Miss Haversham in David Lean’s 1947 film of Great Expectations) titled: Greater Than Expectations: The Life and Times of Martita Hunt.
He is represented by Robert Smith Literary Agency, London. Further information available at: www.christyplays.com
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